THE FINAL DEBATE: Leading candidates for governor square off ahead of Saturday’s election

Updated: Oct. 9, 2019 at 6:46 PM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - The three leading candidates for governor faced off in one last debate Wednesday night, ahead of Saturday’s election.

KPLC and Gray television stations across Louisiana hosted The Final Debate.

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The debate featured the three candidates polling at 5 percent or higher - according to a poll commissioned by Gray Television and its partners. According to the results, incumbent Gov. John Bell Edwards (D) leads the race at 45 percent, while Eddie Rispone (R) is at 22 percent and U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham (R) is at 17 percent.

Gov. John Bel Edwards asked U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham about his missed votes in Congress and asked Eddie Rispone about money he donated to former Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Eddie Rispone asked Gov. John Bel Edwards about his support for Hillary Clinton in 2016 election and asked U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham about his previous pledge to donate his salary to charity.


The debate also featured viewer questions. Lake Charles resident Chavaza Brown Jr. asked the candidates how they will ensure TOPS continues.

Each of the candidates - all of whom are pro-life - were asked how they would respond to a woman pregnant by rape or incest.

They were also asked who is the best governor in recent memory.

Hear the candidates’ closing thoughts below.

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